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A Texas man had his fingers and toes amputated after more than a month of treatment for COVID-19.
For 41-year-old Cesar Velazquez, his battle against COVID-19 started in San Antonio when he was admitted to CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital.
When he woke up, he found out he had been unconscious for weeks and was moved to Brooke Army Medical Center for continued treatment.
Unfortunately, he woke up to find his fingers and toes were all jet black, and necrosis had set in.
According to the Mayo Clinic, this can be in an unfortunate side effect of getting Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) treatment which Velazquez was receiving for weeks.
Velasquez says he was extremely surprised to be in this position because he does not have any pre-existing conditions. He said his San Antonio doctors tried to save his fingers and toes but he just couldn’t afford the treatment.
Velazquez says he works as a bouncer and doesn’t have health insurance, but he does have is a brother living in Mexico who is an emergency room doctor in Guadalajara.
That’s where Velazquez traveled to have his toes and fingers amputated.
“I am trying to stay positive so I can do the best I can to recover to come back and figure out a way to make a living,” he said.
Velazquez is a single father with two sons ages 11 and 12. He said it’ll be at least mid-November before he can return home to San Antonio to see his kids.
He’ll be going through rehab and being fitted with prosthetics and try to figure out how to support his family with only limited use of his hands and feet.